HONORING EVELYN COLLINS; Congressional Record Vol. 161, No. 64
(Extensions of Remarks - April 30, 2015)

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                        HONORING EVELYN COLLINS


                     HON. C.A. DUTCH RUPPERSBERGER

                              of maryland

                    in the house of representatives

                        Thursday, April 30, 2015

  Mr. RUPPERSBERGER. Mr. Speaker, I rise before you today to honor the 
33-year career of Evelyn Collins, who is retiring this week as a budget 
analyst for the United States Army Military District of Washington and 
Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region located on the 
historic Fort Leslie J. McNair in Washington, DC.
  A native of Dothan, Alabama, Ms. Collins graduated from George 
Washington Carver High School in 1965. One year later, she joined the 
Army family as a military spouse. Ms. Collins began her career by 
working as a cashier and later became a teacher's aide. She attended 
Burlington County College in Pemberton, New Jersey, where she earned

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her accounting certificate. She then began working extensively in the 
Department of Defense budget career field, culminating her career as a 
budget analyst for the Army since 2010.
  Ms. Collins' service to our nation as both a military spouse and 
civil service employee has spanned the country: she has traveled, 
worked and lived in Fort Ord, California, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, Fort 
Leonard Wood, Missouri, Fort Dix, New Jersey, Fort Gilliam, Georgia, 
and served two assignments with Defense Finance and Accounting Services 
in Orlando, Florida, and Fort Meade, Maryland.
  Ms. Collins is the well-deserved recipient of numerous superior 
performance awards, incentive awards, certificates of appreciation and 
certificates of achievement. She has earned the Outstanding Financial 
Support Award, Peer Award and two commander's awards for her untiring 
work supporting the relief efforts with Hurricane Katrina as well as 
her subject matter expertise in the Bradley Manning court martial that 
drew worldwide media attention.
  Throughout her career, Ms. Collins has always upheld the highest 
standards of integrity and professional conduct. Her colleagues have 
described her as a ``trusted professional who took care of Soldiers, 
Army Families and Army Civilians.''
  Mr. Speaker, I ask that you join with me today to honor and thank Ms. 
Evelyn Collins as well as her two sons, Calvin and Adrian, for their 
unwavering support of our country. The sheer longevity of her career is 
indicative of her strength of character and her dedication to the 
United States. She has been an invaluable Army employee that will be 
difficult to replace. I wish her many more years of happiness and 
success in her retirement.